Post # 1
I’ve seen a ton of cute I Spy ideas and I think it is a fun idea to maybe capture some special reception moments that might otherwise be missed…..
I am wondering how the pictures have actually been for people who have done it. Was it worth the time, effort, and money? Was it mostly a lot of throw-aways? Did you have problems with kids grabbing up the cameras?
Post # 3
From a guest’s point of view, I think you end up getting a few decent shots and a lot of throwaway shots. Of course, this depends on your guests, but generally everyone’s excited and a little drunk and end up taking a million shots of random things.
I think it’s worth it though (especially as you know your guests and whether they’d stick to the list or go crazy) but be prepared for a lot of shots you can’t do anything with, for those few that come out great.
Post # 4
I’m having this printed as we speak!! Designed it myself!!
It’s costing me less than $20 total to make 30 card sized!
Post # 6
I didn’t do them, but everyone I know who has ever done them thought they were a HUGE waste of money.
>75% of the photos were taken by kids, or only 1/2 the camera was taken and then they had to find something to take with a kind crappy disposible camera.
-Everyone has a digital camera, or Iphone which takes better pictures
-It costs way too much money
-Lots of pics of poor quality, and taken in the bathroom (see point 1 about kids).
-They got about 2 shots that were ok, but certainly not worth the cost.
Post # 7
It hardly cost me anything… I printed them on leftover cardstock (from printing my invites)… I bought little “picks” — basically the types of stands people might use to hold up a table number and I put one on each table… On the top of mine, I said
“Use your camera + look around,
Hunt for those pictures that need to be found!
Shoot away + complete the list,
Post on facebook the moments we may have missed”
So… no disoposable cameras… Not a ton of shots, but definitely worth it for the shots we got – and very low cost!
Post # 8
@Jenlon: That sounds like a better route to go! I guess I hadn’t thought about asking people to just post them to facebook….duh 🙂 Thanks!
@andielovesj: That is the scenario I was picturing!
Post # 9
@mrsbruff2b: I love this list! Could be tons of fun for a Destination Wedding, like, for the whole trip and not just the wedding itself =D
Post # 10
Sounds great. I plan on buying 2 disposable cameras per table, and 1 with each ‘kid pack’ giving them a camera too. Collect them all at the end of the night. I’m also going to include information to each guest about how much we’d appreciate it if they shared their digital pictures on ________ site. And I’m going to hire a teen from a nearby school to take our fun photo booth pictures. Lots of fun pictures to come.
Post # 11
I think it’s possible to get decent pictures from people with the disposable cameras. How probable that is depends a lot on the guests, alcohol, and how early they start snapping photos.
We’re doing the I spy cards for kids and letting them have cameras. I don’t plan on developing the film though. I want the kids to take the cameras home with them. I guess I consider it like a favor for the kids when they get to play with it all evening. I’m sure if they get anything good on the cameras my family will make me copies.
Our cards for the kids look like this (used Martha Stewart poem and changed the font styles/colors):
Post # 12
i like the idea of the i spy, but not providing cameras. Almost everyone has a cell or a digital camera and then have them post on your website or facebook… awesome idea!
Post # 13
@FloretteLiz: I really like that idea for the kids!
Maybe we’ll do a facebook pictures request on the program for the adults…
Post # 14
I guess I also don’t get why you want a picture on a less then pro camera of your own ring? When you photog will defintely get a pic of this. Or why you would want a pic of someone elses ring?
Or why you want a picture of someone elses shoes etc.
To each their own. I just have no use of that kind of pic, since I’m not going to put it in an album or print it out, or hang it up anywhere, or really even look at them other then once or twice.
Post # 15
@mrsbruff2b: would you send this template to me? I really like it
Post # 16
@andielovesj: I put things on my I Spy card that were moments from the reception that I might have missed… so a grandparent with a grandchild… the craziest dancer… decorations… People getting ready with props for the photobooth… families… us… etc
So, shots that my photog may not be focused on getting, but that I would enjoy seeing… And I put some ones about us on there so that I could have sneak peaks of pictures from the wedding and reception while waiting for my professional pictures 🙂 Also – several people in my group of friends have professional cameras, so I got some really awesome shots!